Cassandra Allen (College Park), an English Secondary Education major at Clayton State University, was recently selected to win the University’s highly competitive Chancellor’s Award.
Chair of the Department of English, Dr. Barbara Goodman, nominated Allen on behalf of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Each fall, the University’s academic departments nominate outstanding students to be considered to represent their college. The University’s four colleges; Arts and Sciences, Information and Mathematical Sciences, Health, and Business then select their individual candidates. Those candidates are then interviewed by Clayton State’s four college deans who select one student to represent Clayton State University.
The next step in the process involves the University System of Georgia (USG) selecting one candidate to represent all of the institutions in the system. Allen will be the Clayton State candidate that advances onto the selection process for the entire USG. She will also serve as Clayton State’s Academic Recognition Day representative for 2014 and will be a featured speaker at the University’s Academic Honors Convocation on Apr. 22, 2014.
“I am very honored to have been selected out of so many amazing candidates,” comments Allen.
Allen plans to graduate with her diploma in spring 2015 along with a certification in Special Education. Along her journey with Clayton State she has joined multiple student and campus organizations. She is president of the Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Marketing Chair of Campus Events Council, a three-term member of AmeriCorps National Service Organization, and a member of Sigma Tau Delta International Honors English Society.
“Clayton State University has provided me with various opportunities for leadership and service. If I wasn’t a student here I would not have the opportunity to join these great organizations that have made my dreams real,” states Allen.
This is not the first time Allen has been acknowledged for her outstanding achievements and work ethic. She has received the Legacy Award at the Student Choice Awards, the Campus Life 2013 Luminary Award, and the award for being the Greek member with the highest GPA for the past two years.
“My life ambition is to be a positive impact on the lives of others,” declares Allen.
After graduation she plans to become an educator in the Atlanta Public School System. When she’s not busy doing school work, or participating in extra curricular activities, Allen finds joy in scrapbooking, jewelry making, and community service.